Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

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Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by shifty » Thu May 05, 2011 5:55 pm

Thought I would start a thread for detailing basically its dedicated to any technique you have found out any tricks or tips you have and do's =D> and dont's [-X

Il start the ball rolling so have you every washed your car and found that no matter how much you leather the windscreen and windows down or buff with a micro fibre you still get smears and water marks well I was washing my car in the company valet bay and a driver said after you have tried the windows of wipe them down with news paper so I gave it a go and low and behold it work to the point of saying even better then my Autoglym glass polish. :o

So there you go if anyone else has any advice that may benefit others just pop it here. :)
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by pfletcher83 » Fri May 06, 2011 10:01 am

Good thread! =D>
Never, ever use a sponge [-X - always use a good quality washmitt and 2 buckets - 1 with your shampoo and one just water to be used to clean the mitt after cleaning each panel. :thumright:

Makes a real difference keeping swirls and scratches at bay :D

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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Detsawm » Fri May 06, 2011 10:55 am

My best tip would be that you should never try and polish/wax on a sunny day (especially if you have a dark colour car) as the heat on the metal just makes it a total bi*ch to remove and you end up with a pretty poor finish. Do it on a cool day or in the shade for best results
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Tiny » Fri May 06, 2011 11:41 am

Depends on the products your using drew I have some that say to use I direct sunlight to help them bond to the paint.

I guess what I'm trying to say Is always read the instructions As they really can vary!
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Detsawm » Fri May 06, 2011 11:46 am

That's a better all-round tip!

Another tip is after it's looking great, don't let anybody else in the car for at least 3 days or it'll instantly get grubby again :lol:
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by cleverspoon » Mon May 09, 2011 4:46 pm

i use a snow foam lance on my pressure washer, does the job as a quick wash or even as a pre wash. works even better with a good wax on the car, the dirt just falls off. and thumbs up to Autoglym Aquawax.....makes drying the car easier and leaves a wax coating which makes the car easier to wash next time.
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Ross15 » Sun May 15, 2011 9:06 pm

Snow foam is definitely the way forward (i got mine from www.autobritedirect.co.uk for £40 with a liter of foam) takes most of the rubbish off leaving the grease.
Proper tire shine from likes of chemical guys is brilliant, last so much longer than stuff like meguiars nxt etc etc. Plus i use it in engine bay, interior, round the trim at back and on the wipers (area).

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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Manic Mechanic » Sun May 15, 2011 9:53 pm

I've found for cleaning carpets and mats a bucket of warm water with a sprinkle of washing powder in is incredibly effective and costs pence to do. Use a cloth such as an old flannel or a bit of towel and scrub away.

I've also used this on plastic dashboards and trim to remove years of muck and various coats of cleaner/polishes prior to applying several coats of a quality interior polish. It's given a great result on both the Barchetta and Mazda, amazing how brown the cloth looked after wiping what looked like a fairly clean dash!

Be aware it's not good to use on leather though, and don't scrub muck off the indicator stalks with it as it can take the white paint off.
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by clive59 » Sun May 15, 2011 10:18 pm

I use Forever Black to restore the colour to interior and exterior trims. Fantastic product! But tape up the areas around the bits you are restoring to prevent colouring the paintwork etc with it!

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Post by roythegrass » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:48 pm

I've always used a very soft emulsion brush to gently wash my car - it cleans out all the nooks and crannies where a cloth doesn't reach.
Here on Epsom Downs our water company occasionally condescend to add some H2o to what otherwise is pure calcium (chalk) ! Net result is that a white residue is left on the car after rinsing. I have overcome this by rinsing with Flash Autodry Home Car Wash System which de-ionises the water to remove impurities. And it works. Finally I finish with an E cloth which I find far better than a leather.
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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by markyt75 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:57 pm

Yellowing / smeary plastic headlights.......

Toothpaste is your friend.......prepare for achy arms though

Be generous with your toothpast rub/rub/rub/rub/rub keep rubbing until it is no more

Give it a rinse and admire

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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Tiny » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:51 am

Really tooth paste? Going to try that this morning
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Post by markyt75 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:36 am

Yep Tiny I was very dubious but there is a youtubey thing here

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Post by Shagrington » Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:17 pm

Would that be whitening toothpaste or, if it is particularly distressed, would you need to use something like Sensodyne? :mrgreen:
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Post by Manic Mechanic » Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:31 pm

You can use metal polish and Duraglit to polish up plastics too.
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Post by waveydavey » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:27 pm

I've just used Brasso on my G/F's faded and manky MR2 Roadster headlights, and that worked a treat as well.

On a separate note, but still on topic, I tried Gliptone leather cleaner and conditioner on the seats at the weekend, and that seems pretty good. I'd previously gone over the seats with Autoglym vinyl stuff, but it left them a bit too shiny. The Gliptone cleaner is a yellow gel that just needs to be applied using a soft cloth (I found a damp one worked best), then agitated using a soft brush, left a few minutes, and wiped off using another clean damp cloth. Then after the seats had dried out, the Gliptone conditioner is simply rubbed on until it's absorbed, leaving the seats looking and smelling lovely! A bit difficult to capture using the camera on my phone, but this gives you some idea of how they turned out:

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Post by California Style » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:45 pm

cool, nice tips. I am very interested in good "blacking" trim stuff, as mine always looks rubbish, esp around the rear bumper and door mirrors etc
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Post by waveydavey » Tue Aug 23, 2011 5:53 pm

California Style wrote:cool, nice tips. I am very interested in good "blacking" trim stuff, as mine always looks rubbish, esp around the rear bumper and door mirrors etc
Good old Back To Black is OK, but probably not the best product on the market. I used some on mine last week and the rear trim bits came up OK. I have heard Peanut Butter is good (presumably smooth, not crunchy!), but I've never tried it so use that at your own risk!

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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by robj20 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:14 pm

I find back to black is rubbish, heat gun works much better at restoring faded trim.
Also the leather stuff is pointless, 95% of car leather is coated so conditioning has no effect, the coating is basically plastic, all you need to do is keep it clean.

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Post by clive59 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:38 pm

Heat gun? pray explain ol'chap!

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Post by robj20 » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:39 pm

Good write up of the results here.

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/s ... hp?t=89256

Also if you dont fancy using a heatgun, dont buy fancy stuff, ground nut oil works, but the heatgun is a much much longer lasting solution.

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Post by waveydavey » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:41 pm

robj20 wrote:I find back to black is rubbish, heat gun works much better at restoring faded trim.
Also the leather stuff is pointless, 95% of car leather is coated so conditioning has no effect, the coating is basically plastic, all you need to do is keep it clean.
Well, it smells nice anyway :mrgreen:

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Post by MARKTHOMASBRAND » Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:38 pm

California Style wrote:cool, nice tips. I am very interested in good "blacking" trim stuff, as mine always looks rubbish, esp around the rear bumper and door mirrors etc
"Autoglym Bumper Care" is your friend :P .

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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by Mazda Rotary Parts » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:03 am

Why not take a look at the Surf City Garage - Black Max™ Vinyl, Rubber & Trim Dressing

Just because it's new in the the UK and not many people have used the product does not mean it is not any good.

Surf City Garage have taken on Meguiars in the US and have out performed them.

It costs £13.86 delivered, not going to break the bank and will last for months and months!!

Go on don't be SHY and it give it a try!

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Re: Detailing tips , hints , tricks and do's n dont's

Post by robj20 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:30 am

I hear peanut butter works well, I'm sticking with nut oil or heatgun usually have one or the other to hand.

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